Top 10 Undergraduate Schools, Colleges & Universities
According to the U.S. News and World Report (usnews.com, 2012), these institutions are the top 10 national universities in the nation:
1. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. The oldest higher education institution in the country, this school also boasts the largest endowment of any school.
2. Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. The first university to offer a "no loan" policy to financially needy students. this school gives grants instead.
3. Yale University in New Haven CT. This major research institution is full of small-town charm on account of its location.
4. Columbia University in New York, NY. With three undergraduate schools, this institution offers students options.
5. University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. This historic institution is located in the heart of this bustling city.
6. Mass. Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. This private research institute offers programs that span from humanities to engineering.
7. Stanford University in the Bay Area of CA. With a focus on multidisciplinary curricula, this institution is heralded for its research programs.
8. Duke University in Durham, NC. This private institution has a very lively sports program, which is a bonus.
9. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. This school was founded by Benjamin Franklin.
10. California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. With well-known research grants, this university is also known for a low student-to-faculty ratio.